Wipe Definition

wiped, wipes, wiping
wiped, wipes, wiping
To rub or pass over with a cloth, mop, etc., as for cleaning or drying.
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To clean or dry in this manner.
Wipe the dishes.
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To rub or pass (a cloth, the hand, etc.) over something.
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To remove by or as by wiping.
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To apply by wiping.
Wipe oil over the surface.
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An act or instance of wiping.
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Something used for wiping; specif., a disposable tissue or towel, typically of pre-moistened paper or cloth and variously designed for cleansing the skin, cleaning eyeglasses, etc.
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A cam that activates another part; a wiper.
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A blow; swipe.
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A transitional editing effect in which one scene appears to replace another as by gradually moving it across the frame.
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wipe out
  • to remove; erase
  • to kill off
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Origin of Wipe

  • From Middle English wipen, from Old English wÄ«pian (“to wipe, rub, cleanse"), from Proto-Germanic *wÄ«pōnÄ… (“to wipe"), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)weib-, *(s)weip- (“to twist, wind around"). Cognate with German wippen (“to bob"), Swedish veva (“to turn, wind, crank"), Gothic 𐍅𐌴𐌹𐍀𐌰𐌽 (weipan, “to wreathe, crown"), Old English swÄ«fan (“to revolve, sweep, wend, intervene"). More at swivel, swift.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English wipen from Old English wīpian weip- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Compare Swedish vipa, Danish vibe (“lapwing").

    From Wiktionary

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